New Qastor Release 2.50.2016.03.04.1
QPS Qastor 2.50.2016.03.04.1 is available for download from our website for those with a valid Annual Support agreement. Here you can see the most important changes of the new version. To check the complete list, please see the release notes (which can also be viewed directly via our website, and from there they can be downloaded as well if needed for offline use). The Release Notes are no longer included in the Qastor Help files.
What's New In This Version Of Qastor?
Differentiate Between Class A and Class B AIS Transponders
Transponder Class A or B is now shown in the AIS target label. Class A is for a sea going vessel, Class B is for an inland vessel. It is also possible to de-select the class B transponder type in Target Settings as this can be useful to de-clutter the screen and disregard CPA calculations with small inland vessels.
Decoding Of AIS Message Type 9, Search And Rescue Aircraft
Should any Search And Rescue (SAR) aircraft be in the vicinity, then these can now be shown in the display. For vessels, this can be important as during a rescue/safety operation they can observe the SAR aircraft or they may themselves be asked to participate in a SAR operation.
Decoding Of AIS Message Type 8, Meteorological Data
AIS message 8 meteorological data according to IMO S/N 236 (deprecated but still in use) and IMO S/N 289 can now be decoded and shown. Decoded parameters are (if available in the Type 8 messages) include:
Alarms For Own Vessel And Other Vessels
Some new alarm options have been added. You can now not only select to raise an alarm when your own vessel enters the various defined No Go, Cautionary or Environmental Areas. It is also possible to raise an alarm when other vessels enter these areas.
Qastor Move, Web Application
Qastor Move, prevously only available as a App (Apple Store) is now available as a Web App. This will make the Qastor extension app platform independent. Any device which can connect to the Qastor machine and can display a web page can be used for this. Once a connection is established it`s as easy as scanning the Qastor generated QR code with a suitable QR code scanner of your mobile device. More details about the usage of common hardware setups can be found in the Qastor How To articles.
See full release notes here
QINSy Release 8.12 (2016.03.21.1)
There is a new QINSy release available for download from our website for the clients with a valid Annual Support agreement.
Please study the "Release Notes" before installing the new version. In case you have difficulties downloading, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Likewise, this is a good opportunity to consider organizing a Training with QPS, so please do not hesitate to contact our sales team to discuss your requirements. In this version many bugs have been solved. In addition the following major and minor changes have been made, moreover new drivers are added to the library to support more devices.
Version Numbering Changes
In previous QINSy versions the numbering would start with 8.10 and then include the date. As from this version we will continue with a system whereby each release will get a unique number without the date. This is done to create a unified numbering across all our products. This version will be referred to as 8.12.0. During a new installation the folder that will be suggested for installation will be QINSy 8.12, for existing installations this will upgrade using the existing folder.
New Line File Format
For this version we have completed implementation of our new file format with the file extension QGF. This replaces the Mapping file format with file extension PRO (native Trimble Terramodel format). In some places there is now support for both old and new format. The old file format can still be imported. The new file format allows for setting Line Styles such as dashed, dotted and solid and also to set the line Width. The planning of survey lines needs to be done in the Processing Manager, and here it is also possible to import the PRO file format. Note, the Linedatabase Manager utility is still part of the distribution but cannot store the data in the QGF format, and works only with the PRO file format.
QINSy Online, Support For Dynamic Surface Gridded Data Files
For a fast workflow to process multibeam data the option to create a Dynamic Surface has been added to the grid file formats in the QINSy Session Setup. When a Dynamic Surface file is created online, then there is no need to create a Dynamic Surface when the project is opened in Qimera (potentially a significant time saving depending on the size of the data files in the project). Also, a Dynamic Surface created in Qimera can be used by QINSy Online. The Dynamic Surface can also be used in the Processing Manager. There is a known limitation with respect to a normal Sounding Grid file format in that it is only possible to have one layer and thus it is not suitable when more than one layer is needed.
BAG File Format Export Added To The Processing Manager
An export to the BAG file format is now possible from the Processing Manager. This export also needs a number of meta data fields and the user interface to enter the meta data is available in the export dialogue.
The Create tool of the line planning options in the processing Manager has been changed to a single button that can create waypoints, lines and routes. Depending on the number of left mouse clicks determines whether a point, line of polyline is created, and the create action is closed with a right mouse click. The Edit tool also has been changed and has options to select all object types from a file or via a drop down menu.
The INT2 nautical chart style border has been added to the Plot options of the processing Manager. This chart border is only available in the Plot Settings when:
- the used projection is a Mercator
- the plot box is not rotated